1. Read spent the first five years of his life in a children’s home, and was made a ward of the state by the age of 14
Read says he was certified mentally insane three times - at ages 15, 19 and 23, and that he was given “60 serves of shock treatment in six months”.
3. Read spent only 13 months outside prison between the ages of 20 and 38
He served time after being convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, arson, impersonating a police officer, assault and attempted murder. He was sentenced to 13 years in jail for attempting to kidnap a County Court judge at gunpoint.
7. In his books Read claims to have been involved in the killing of 19 people and the attempted murder of 11 others
He has recently downgraded this to “about four or seven”. He has also said he would “never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn”.
10. Eric Bana launched his Hollywood career after playing Read in the 2000 film Chopper
11. Read contracted Hepatitis C during his time in prison, he says through using a blood-stained shaver
12. In 2009 he revealed he needed a liver transplant, but would not accept one if offered
“I’m not going to ask for a liver transplant, it’s not fair. I’m 55 years old; I’m not going to put my name down against some 10-year-old kid.”
13. In September 2013, Read was admitted to hospital and then palliative care.
He died on October 9, 2013.
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